Banner 1Banner 2Banner 3Banner6Banner_2014Banner 8Banner 7
Competitive/HP Tryouts

Fall Tryouts for the 2019-2020 season

Competitive team tryouts are completed.  Select teams (girls 14u-15u) to start soon.

Here are the things you need to bring at tryouts to participate:

Maverick Tryout Registration Form

• Copy of your Proof of age (Birth certificate or passport accepted)

OVA Liability Waiver and Concussion Form (Pages 3-7 only)

• $45 tryout fee

Check the schedule for Comp-level tryout sessions. Parent orientation sessions took place on September 13th.

Makeup for physical testing and uniform sizing can be done on Monday night (Sept 16th) between 6:30 and 9:15pm at Franco Cité.

You may find the "By Age and Gender" schedule makes it easy to find your specific age group. 



PHYSICAL TESTING (MAKEUP on SEPT 16th at Franco Cité 6:30-9:15)


New check-ins must bring the OVA Liability Waiver and Concussion Form (Page 3-7 only).

FEE: $45 cash at the door.


Make sure your registration information includes a valid email address that you check regularly.

NEW THIS YEAR: have a scan (jpg, gif, png) of your child's birth certificate ready to upload.

Tryouts for different program levels are all covered under the same registration so we can ensure the best fit for the athlete, please do NOT register the athlete more than once for tryouts. Choose one best-fit age group for your child and our coaches will recommend a change if deemed necessary... no further charges apply.

• • • • •

Tryout Process

The selection process will include an assessment of various elements such as physical testing (all age groups), skill assessment (12U - 16U), and game situation assessment (all age groups)

All athletes within the same age group and gender will be assessed collectively in accordance with the OVA’s tryout policy.

Here are the steps each athlete will follow during the selection process.

Check-in: (Fri 13 Sept) Physical Testing of all athletes, "New Parent" info sessions

Assessments: All levels of athletes will have 2/3 on-court skill assessments (schedules TBA). Comp-level assessments will take place after all high-performance positions have been filled.

Offers: Coaches begin to offer roster positions after completion of the second on-court assessment. (Parents/athletes then have a response window of 36 hours in which to accept)

Deposit: Upon signing with the Maverick Volleyball Club, all athletes will be required to pay a $450 team-fee deposit prior to October 1st (this will be applied to the finalized team fees)

• • • • •

Respect in Sport program

Note: to be eligible to compete in the 2018-2019 OVA season, Sport Ontario's Respect in Sport (RIS) online educational program certification must be completed by at least one parent/guardian once the athlete has been selected for a specific team. If you have already completed the RIS requirement in a previous year (or even with another sport), it carries over, so please include your RIS certificate number on your tryout waiver form. 

If your family has not completed the RIS requirement, it can be found here:

• • • • •


• What does the fee include?

The fee is non-refundable and includes a Maverick t-shirt, physical testing and skill assessments with multiple coaches in attendance.

Fees include a $5 donation to a charity. Our charity this year is Diabetes Canada.

There are no refunds of the tryout fee for any reason.

• How many sessions do I have to attend?

Each athlete must attend a minimum of 2 tryout sessions.

• Why do athletes have to be sized now?

Once teams are chosen, there is a rush to get uniform orders in due to production times, therefore, having th sizes recorded speeds up the process.

• What if I miss a tryout?

If for any valid reason, an athlete misses any tryout session, they must contact the Head Coach of that age division. If a registered athlete misses the first testing session, there is a scheduled makeup date (Monday Night at Franco-Cité, see above Master Schedule). If the athlete misses a second or subsequent session, please contact the head coach of that specific team to determine if there could be another time available for assessment; the Head Coach has final say in these matters, they are not obligated in any way to provide additional assessment time. 

If there is a conflict between another Club’s tryout and ours, we recommend that you inform us in advance and we will help you work out any such conflicts to create a solution that maximizes the options for the athlete. 

• What is the difference between HP and Competitive and Selects programs?

The Maverick coaches will assess each player for their suitability to play at either the "High Performance" or "Competitive" or "Selects" level. Parents who wish to downgrade the choice may discuss this with the coach.

The High Performance Program aims to maximize each athlete's individual potential, in combination with team fortitude and cohesion, through the addition of supplemental practice and training methodologies (such as nutrition, mental and strength/agility training). HP teams compete more often, and both interprovincially and internationally, and a higher level of time commitment is required. All HP teams are expected to compete at VC National Championships.

The Competitive Program is designed for athletes who wish to play the sport at a serious competition level. Competition is usually centred on the OVA schedule. Supplemental local and regional tournaments may be added. Comp teams have the option of competing at Volleyball Canada Nationals in the spring. 

The Selects Program is part of the Competitive stream and is designed to extend large-group training beyond tryouts in order to select athletes for our final competitive team.

Any athlete not selected to an HP team will be encouraged to continue tryouts in the Competitive stream (no additional cost). Be aware that the HP program requires a higher level of time and travel commitment and is geared for a progression to varsity post-secondary recruitment. Any athlete in the HP stream can opt to change to the competitive stream at any point in the tryout process (again no additional tryout cost).

• What age groups have Competitive-level teams?

The Maverick Volleyball Club fields gender-specific competitive teams at all age groups from 12U to 14U girls, and 12U to 15U boys, plus older age groups to 18U where sufficient numbers exist.

• What age groups have HP-level teams?

The Maverick Volleyball Club prides itself in following the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model, and therefore we only offer HP teams at the "train to compete" level and above. We offer HP programs for the following:

Girls: 15U, 16U, 17U, 18U.
Boys: 16U, 17U, 18U.

• What is a pre-HP team?

The pre-HP team (pre-high performance team) is a competitive-level team that introduces some of the HP concepts one year before the HP program begins. The pre-HP program offers supplemental training sessions as well as one strength/conditioning session a week, and an introduction to mental training concepts. These teams are most likely to compete a few more tournaments than a regular competitive team. Offered at 14U for girls and 15U for boys.

• How much does it cost to be on a Competitive (Comp) team?

As a non-profit organization, Maverick team fees are cost-recovery only. Club fees set by the Club Financial Officer cover all fixed operating costs, such as: OVA registration and tournament entry fees, team uniforms and practice T's, coaching, and practice requirements (gyms, balls, equipment), and year-end celebration for the athlete. Any additional competitions, travel and accommodation are "pay as you go" based on the parent-approved season plan. At the end of the season, budgets will be reconciled and any remaining balance will returned to the parents (or shortages will be invoiced).

• How much does it cost to be on a High Performance (HP) team?

Maverick HP fees are set by each individual team, within Club parameters, and must achieve a zero-based budgeting outcome. Team budgets are set by the coaching staff in cooperation with, and approved by that team's parent group. Budgets include OVA registration fees, all tournament entry fees (including Nationals and international or interprovincial play), travel and accommodation to all tournaments, practice requirements (gyms, balls, equipment), team gear, coaching, supplemental training (strength and conditioning, nutrition, sport psychology experts), plus one ticket to the year-end celebration. At the end of theseason, budgets will be reconciled and any remaining balance will returned to the parents (or shortages will be invoiced).

• What age division do I fall into for the 2019-2020 season?

Players must be under the designated age category based on their birth date.

Chronological Age Class

12U - born in 2008 or later

13U - born in 2007 or later

14U - born in 2006 or later

15U - born in 2005 or later

16U - born in 2004 or later

17U - born in 2003 or later

18U - born in 2002 or later

Extended Age Class (athletes born in Sept-Dec of the previous year)

12U - born between Sept 1st 2007 and Dec 31st 2007

13U - born between Sept 1st 2006 and Dec 31st 2006

14U - born between Sept 1st 2005 and Dec 31st 2005

15U - born between Sept 1st 2004 and Dec 31st 2004

16U - born between Sept 1st 2003 and Dec 31st 2003

17U - born between Sept 1st 2002 and Dec 31st 2002

18U - born between Sept 1st 2001 and December 31st 2001

• How long is a Competitive or HP tournament season?

The competitive season starts in late-September/October and ends in April/May. Once teams are formed, teams start to practice. Most competitive teams play up to 4 OVA tournaments (1 day event) plus Provincial and/or Nationals (2-3 day events). HP teams play a few more tournaments (4-5 more), depending on the seasonal budget of each team (which is drafted by the coach following consultation with the parents).

If you have any further questions, please send an email to

• Playing up and Playing down Guidelines

OVA rules allow an athlete born from September 1st to December 31st to play for the next age-group-lower team. This does not apply to 19U athletes who are on a post-secondary varsity team. This OVA guideline is intended to properly evaluate what is best for the athlete and allow them to play at the appropriate skill level.

Maverick coaches will assess players on their suitability to "play up" or "play down" as deemed appropriate, but athletes can tryout for the age level they feel is most appropriate for them within these rules.

• Playing Up: Athletes whose skill level is appropriate for a level above their age, may try out for an older team.

• Playing Down: Athletes born in September through December (only) may choose to try out for a younger team (1 year younger than their actual age). 

• • • • •


Interested in coaching or assistant coaching positions?

The Maverick Volleyball Club accepts coaching applications year round. Visit our Coaching application page for more information. 

“ Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. ”
– Joe Wooden